Long story short I'm looking to build a budget rig. Main use: Gaming(BadCompany3 etc..) and Photoshop. I will be running it on two 24inch lcd's. Please see my suggestion list below and let me know what are your thoughts... Anything to downgrade,upgrade or any bottlenecks you may see? It's been some time since I've build a rig so I am little bit rusted. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
You cant OC that CPU. That said, drop your mobo down to an H77 chipset. I suggest the Asrock H77M.
$330 isnt overkill. Infact, people buying gaming PCs with a $900-$1000+ budget actually buy $400 cards. Your GPU will be more than enough even for 1080p gaming.
Nw333 thanks for quick reply. Dropping to h77 I will save $40 but I have to buy ram which would come to be the same. Regards CPU i totally forgot about the "k" at the end. What would you think about swapping i5 3450 to Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 which has higher mhz and can be OC in the future?
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB / $330 // Any thoughts on this one? $330 imo is overkill.
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 1600(2x4GB) / $FREE comes with mobo
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W / $70
Crucial M4 64GB(SSD) OS / $73
WD GREEN 1TB DATA / $FREE currently have one
Antec Three Hundred Black / $54
LITE ON Drive Bay / $17
*don't get a Z68 motherboard with a 3570k CPU, you need a Z77 motherboard.
*that ram isn't very good, get a G.skill ares kit a low profile Corsair vengeance kit
*get a smaller or bigger PSU, either a 550w or 750w because you will not be able to SLI later with a 650w PSU.
*no one in this forum recommends the Crucial m4 anymore.... get a Samsung 830 or a Vertex 4
*at that price range you can get a better case like the Rosewill Challenger.